All day she felt the ladder

All day she felt the ladder, as it swayed
Among a host of others where she held
It, grounded down, while those above her played
Some great game unfolding, and she impelled,
Struck dumb with fear or sense, to climb or thread
That path and put herself beyond the brink,
Immutable, she would not leave nor shed
What tied her fast, nor work them loose, or think
That as the day drew down, the evening clouds,
Pleated in their wonderment and the sky
Full of stardust, would cast aside her shroud
Her bondage left behind to see her fly.
She stepping on a rung had felt a gust,
And stepped back down again because she must.

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